Some days it pays to follow the bunny trails. Having just finished Peter Morville’s Ambient Findability, I wandered down the web trail and found a snarky little thing he wrote for the O’Reilly web site called UFOs and there way down at the bottom I found a reference to Adam Greenfield’s “All Watched over by Machines of Loving Grace” — pays to read the footnotes and citations, no? Greenfield’s essay should be required reading to accompany Ambient Findability.
I liked Moreville’s book, but I found his childlike delight in the rise of the always findable future disconcerting. I have that typical introvert’s gut reaction of “hey, I don’t want you all to find me…” (Which Moreville alludes to/admits to in the UFO essay if not in Ambient Findability.)
Greenfeild’s essay balances this delight in the possibilities with a dose of realistic consideration.
I’ve added a blogroll to the site. Not, I can hear you thinking, much in the way of news now is it? Prolly not.
I’m trying something a little different. Rather than the endlessly growing collection of links that I see spawned by voracious readers adding everything interesting they find. I’m going to keep the main blogroll to 5 to 10 sites at any time. Look for them to change every month or so.
Meanwhile enjoy a selection of shiny goodness from:
I’m pretty much a paper based GTDer; I just get along better with cellulose and ink. But for those of you who prefer to get things done electronically, over at Lifehacker, Gina has a nice article on the basics of setting up the various parts of a GTD system in GoogleNotebook.
A similar setup can be created in a OneNote notebook using one section for each of the five basic categories. The only hitch in this approach is that in OneNote you can’t share only one section of a Notebook. So you can’t give other people access to your InBox without giving them access to the rest of your notebook.
I don’t use OneNote for my Inbox so sharing isn’t an issue.
If your collection of stuff is as big as my collection you may want to divide your system into five notebooks rather than using sections in a single notebook. This solves the shared/not shared Inbox problem and if you’re working with really large files over a network allows for some improvement in performance.
Once again the nagging questions of on-line identity, authenticity, and disambiguation have come across my radar screen. Josh Clark over at GlobalMoxie posted a couple of times this last week on both Spock and Wink. //engtech had a guest post on reputation management by Tim Nash earlier in the month, and claimD and openID have shown up in most of the top tech blogs at some point in the last quarter.
We’ve already seen some of the predictable consequences emerge. Among them: identity theft for both profit and revenge, firings for on-line activities that don’t fit corp. images, and the identities of anonymous parties (unintentionally) revealed through third parties.
Now I’m waiting to see what the unintended consequences of this on-line identity crisis and the attempts to fix it will be. Stay tuned.
This morning I read Dan Russell’s series of essays on sensemaking. Dan is a sort of meta/mega sensemaker. He tries to make sense of how people try to make sense of things. These essays won’t take you long to read and they aren’t hard to grasp.
But you may have on of those aha moments. I did; and now there is a new sign on my bulletin board that says:
How to Make Sense:
- Define — what was the questions again?
- Collect — who knows?
- Organize — where does this go?
- Iterate — lather, rinse, repeat.
- Do — now what?
Now I know what it is that I actually do all day. Explaining why I should get paid for it is another matter…